NYC Workers Compensation Insurance: Unique Risks Of “The City”

Everything about “The City” is unique. For business owners in New York City, whether that’s Manhattan or any of the boroughs, NYC worker’s compensation insurance is no different.

Business owners operating in NYC face a unique and nuanced set of risks when in comes to worker’s comp insurance, including:

  • Congested employee commute,
  • Densely-packed environment,
  • High-rise buildings,
  • High-volume, high-coverage value certificate of insurance requirements,
  • and more…

Because of these unique risks, finding the right worker’s compensation insurance in NYC, can be a challenge.

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Workers Compensation Insurance NYC

If you have employees in New York City, you must have worker’s comp. That’s not an NYC thing; that’s a New York State law.

It would be best if you also had a Short-term Disability and Paid Family Medical Leave policy. Don’t forget the short-term disability (many business owners are unaware of this NYS requirement).

Unique NYC Worker’s Comp Risks

What unique risks do New York City business owners face that no one else has to deal with?

High-Rise Buildings

First and foremost, high-rises. Most insurance companies do not like high-rise buildings because people can get injured in many different ways. Specific to NYC, many past events have shown New York City to have the added risk of being an attractive target for different forms of terrorism and general malicious acts.

Commute to Work

Additionally, per capita, you have all these people jammed on top of each other. Employees can claim worker’s compensation benefits from an injury suffered during their commute. You can get injured on the subway or driving in; there are a million ways that people could get injured on their commute.

Remote Workers

Another concern is worker’s compensation for remote workers. Many businesses in New York City have offices where you’re working, but now you also have individuals working remotely.

There may be people working in New Jersey, or you may have people up in Connecticut or anywhere else in the country or the world.

How to Get Worker’s Comp in NYC

Despite the challenges, you can find NYC worker’s comp insurance that fits your business.

The key is finding an insurance agent you can trust who understands the New York City market and its challenges.

It would be best to find an insurance agent to walk you through this process and ensure that you’re setting your policy up correctly. They must have a feel for the best worker’s compensation insurance company for your specific business and how they relate to the unique risks that come along with NYC.

Because insurance companies that don’t understand New York City or don’t have experience writing workers’ comp there can potentially have higher rates and gaps in coverage.

Here is the process for buying the right NYC worker’s comp insurance:

  1. Find an insurance agent you can trust.
  2. Verify worker’s comp class codes and payroll.
  3. Place coverage with the correct insurance carrier.

For bonus points, implement a worker’s comp service plan to push costs down and employee efficiency up. We call this process RogueRisk365.


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The Rub

Purchasing worker’s compensation insurance in NYC doesn’t have to be a hassle, but you need to know what you’re doing.

“The City” is a unique place. If you can make it there, you can make it anywhere (I couldn’t help myself).

Don’t put your business at risk by working with someone who doesn’t understand NYC or, worse, going online to purchase “Do-it-Yourself” worker’s comp insurance.

Workers’ compensation is what we do here at Rogue Risk.

If your current insurance professional has never addressed issues such as total cost of risk or return-to-work programs with you, I’d encourage you to reach out to us today.

I'm excited to introduce you to a new way of viewing your insurance program.

Thank you,

Ryan Hanley

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